The Build It Weekend
Get Your Hands Dirty!
The Build It Weekend is a national university-level hardware hackathon that was held for the first time during the weekend of April 21-23, 2017. It is jointly organized by the AUB Robotics Club and the IEEE AUB Student Branch.
Teams consist of three to five students. The goal was for them to design, build and demo a working prototype of a project that will achieve a specific purpose. An exhibition was held at the end of the event, where each team showcased their project, and had it assessed by a panel of judges. Prizes of $1500 were given to the top teams.
Typically, entrepreneurship hackathons are focused on successful business models, with minimal consideration given to the implementation. In contrast, here the goal is to ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’ and develop participants’ prototyping skills. We just need the project to be a cool (and working) prototype. What’s more, there are no constraints when it comes to picking the topic, but we provided a list of suggested ideas for students to look over.
All the necessary tools were provided, as well as access to computer-based manufacturing tools, like 3D printers and CNC machines, for you to use. Also, a special team was available to provide technical assistance and advice.
Registration for the event is free and open to all university students in Lebanon.
The event will be held again in the 2017-2018 Spring Semester, more details to be announced soon..